Ocean Energy

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1984, Vol. 54, Issue 7, Pg. 56-56

Document Type: Feature article

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The Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC) component nominated this year as an ASCE Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement involves the most critical design problem; the cold water intake pipe needed to bring deep water to the surface. A 40 MW plant will reqire a cold water pipe 30 ft. in diameter and extending 2,000 ft. deep. The most recent research and development test involved a pipe 8 ft. in diameter and 400 ft. long., made of fiberglass laminated with a plastic foam layer sandwiched within. Design and fabrication methods of the pipe were tested as was field jointing. Testing took place near Honolulu, Hawaii.

Subject Headings: Water intakes | Water pipelines | Ocean engineering | Thermal power | Energy conversion | Hydro power | Professional societies | Sustainable development | Hawaii | United States | Honolulu

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